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Excavations

How do we know the story of thousands of years?

We know it through travel books and a little through legends but by means of archaeological excavations most.

Archaeological excavations in the region are done under the leadership of museums, and local and foreign scientists. Some of the excavations are supported by Ministries and some of them are rescue excavations.

Oylum Höyük under the presidency of Prof. Dr. Engin Özgen; Zeugma archaeological site under the presidency of Prof. Dr. Kutalmış Görkay; Çayönü Hill under the presidency of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aslı Erim Özdoğan; Harran under the presidency of Prof. Dr. Mehmet Önal; Göbeklitepe which was dug under the presidency of Prof. Dr. Klaus Schmidt; Doliche excavation site under the presidency of Dr. Engelbert Winter; Karkamış under the presidency of Dr. Nicola Marchetti; Zincirlihöyük excavations under the presidency of Prof. Dr. David Schloen, are being operated by scientists with the permissions received by Council of Ministers.

If you visit these places in summer, you can witness the excavations that are made in Oylum Höyük, Zeugma, Çayönü, Harran and other excavation sites. When you see how the archaeologists elaborately raise the soil layers and how they find and document the remnants, you can visualize how an excavation may take 100 years as it took place in Ephesus.

Rescue excavations that were made and being made in drainage basin of the dams in the region, give us the most important information about the civilization history of the region.

We recognized Zeugma with the rescue excavations made in Birecik Dam; and we found the clues of thousands of years with the excavations made in the hill towns of Zeytinlibahçe, Şaraga, Teleilat, Akarçay and Mezraa.

You can also be a part of this story by visiting Zeugma Mosaic Museum and Şanlıurfa Archaeology Museums.

Within the context of Ilısu Dam whose construction is still going on, the settlements, provinces, palaces, villages, houses, sacred areas, which remained hidden since Palaeolithic Period until today, are revealed by means of the rescue excavations and surface explorations made by scientists in Ziyarettepe, Kenantepe, Salattepe, Aşağı Salat, Gricano, Müslüman Tepe, Kortik Tepe, Kavuşan Höyük, Hakemi Use Tepe, Türbe Höyük, Kuriki Höyük, Gre Amer, Çemialo, Sumaki, Çattepe and Başur Höyük, operated mutually by Directorates of Diyarbakır, Batman and Mardin Museums. Furthermore, the cuneiforms found are read line-by-line.

You can find the extraordinary foundlings and the information regarding the excavations by Diyarbakır, Batman and Mardin Museums.  However, we highly recommend you to visit Hasankeyf which is one of the most beautiful Middle Eastern cities of Turkey, where excavations are still going on, and all the excavation sites that will remain dry under Ilısu Dam Lake on-site.